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To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

Graffiti Art in Clarion Alley

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Clarion Alley, between Mission St. and Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA
Depending on where you live, graffiti can be a huge aggravation. Of course, this is only really an issue when the graffiti looks like feces applied to a wall with a crooked stick. When the transition from graffiti to street art occurs, it's definitely worth a look. Down in Clarion Alley - which can be accessed from either Mission or Valencia - street art covers virtually every square inch of wall-space and changes frequently. Stroll on down and take a peek after picking up a latte down the street.

Sakura

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1783.9 KM AWAY
273 Mott Street
New York, NY
Unassuming sushi spot in Nolita, except for the bubble-gum pink exterior. Nothing fancy about this spot, but the sushi is solid and cheap. The restaurant's small, so takeout is a popular option here.

Verve

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1783.9 KM AWAY
282 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
If you've got the cash and can afford really, really nice jewelry and bags with a downtown artisan flare, you need look no further. If your pockets aren't thickly lined, there's no need to sweat it. Alongside all the ritzy stuff, Verve usually has an amazing 75% off case - don't be afraid to take a peek!

Kent's Defense Colony

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1783.9 KM AWAY
defense colony market, defense colony
New Delhi,
Fast food, smasch food. But this one is special because it is one of the oldest locations in the Kent's chain. Enjoy cheap, greasy food here, but know that we never touted it as a heart-healthy option.

Paxton Gate

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1783.9 KM AWAY
766 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
If you see it in your nightmares, you can find it here. Paxton Gate is one of San Francisco's absolute treasures - a certified must-see for anyone in the Mission area. At first glance it appears to be a taxidermy shop, but it's a great deal more. The general inspiration is to provoke the interest and creativity in children and adults alike via the assortment of curiosities (and atrocities) within. You'll wander around in awe the entire time you're in the store. Don't take our word for it. Step inside and face your fears.

Condor

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1783.9 KM AWAY
300 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA
Don't be mistaken - this is more than just a topless go-go bar. Live music, decent drinks, and pretty damn good restaurant service, too. And hey, if you don't have room for dessert, you can always order a lap dance instead. Don't pretend like you don't want one.

Moving Sale

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1783.9 KM AWAY
952 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
Moving Sale is, simply put, a clusterfuck of great stuff. Sifting through giant stacks of wardrobes - along with some occasionally amazing vinyl and neon wall mounts - you'll find some great items to decorate your space with. A lot of art, loads of old electronics and lamps, and a resident pooch that always manages to get in your way. This is a great find in an otherwise barren stretch of SOMA.

The Puck Building

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1783.9 KM AWAY
295 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
A great example of what could have been, had the city not eaten itself alive. The grand ballroom is a jaw dropper, but getting in will take a little social engineering. The Romanesque Revival exterior is stunning and yes, that's Willy's Puck up there - not once, but twice.

Union Square

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1783.9 KM AWAY
14th Street & Broadway
New York, NY
One of the most relaxing, artistic, and activity-filled parks in all of Manhattan; Union Square is home to street musicians, skateboarders, dancers and artists, and a kick-ass Farmer's Market (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). It's also surrounded by every kind of store and restaurant you can think of - from the W Hotel, to The Coffee Shop (great drinks and model-perfect waitstaff), Whole Foods groceries, Forever 21 and junk jewelry stands. You'll never get bored at this exciting place - perfect all year long for just plain old relaxing and hangin' around!

Carmine's

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1783.9 KM AWAY
2450 Broadway
New York, NY
Bring your family, friends, and an outlandish appetite! Items are served family style & meant to be shared. Most of the chicken, veal, seafood, and beef choices can be dished over pasta for a surcharge, but sometimes all you need is an order of calamari and one of their generously poured cocktails. Second location in the Theatre District is mobbed before shows - plan accordingly.

Bruce's Bakery

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1045 First Avenue
New York , NY
This tiny bakery - located on the corner of 57th & 1st Avenue - is an easily passed-up little storefront. Take a peek at the window, however, and you're greeted with yummy cupcake offerings and a sign that reads "Bruce's Baker to the Stars." While everyone seems to have jumped on the cupcake trend, this little outpost offers traditional favorites as well, like crumb cakes, babkas, cheesecakes, and more.

Crocodile Lounge

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1783.9 KM AWAY
325 E 14th Street
New York, NY
This may not be the greatest bar in the city, but definitely worth a visit if you're a bit peckish, too. If you happen to be out & about and your stomach starts screeching at you, this place'll save your night. A free small pizza with every beer, you can murder your thirst, get a little drunk, and quell the appetite, and all at the exact same time.

Cafe Abir

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1300 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA
Need to study? Need to sit quietly and get some business done? Do you mind a weird atmosphere, over-priced goods, or horrible service? Well, then come on over! This place has always been a great place to get shit done; somehow the noise levels are always mellow. If, however, you think you may be too distracted by asshole baristas, this might be a cafe to avoid.

Buddha Bodai

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1783.9 KM AWAY
5 Mott Street
New York, NY
This extensive menu offers vegetarian versions of every type of meat imaginable: duck, lamb, steak, ribs, prawns, oysters, jelly fish, and more.

Sam's Cafe

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1534-50, Main Bazar, Pahar Ganj
Delhi, NEW DELHI
The cafe is known for its Lebanese food but famous for its open seating roof top and bakery. We recommend the fruit salad and the lassi.

Caffe Trieste

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1783.9 KM AWAY
601 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA
Started in the 1950s by "Papa Gianni", Caffe Trieste is an historical North Beach landmark that's not to be missed. Behold the old-school Italian espresso and charm! Ask about upcoming events; the cafe often hosts music concerts, poetry readings, spoken word artists, and more.

Bernie's

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1783.9 KM AWAY
3966 24th St.
San Francisco, CA
This is a nice local coffee shop tucked away in an old Victorian locale - it doesn't get much more Noe Valley than that. Friendly staff, good coffee, and a laid-back atmosphere create a great little rest-stop while you're doing your 24th St. shopping. It sure does beat going over to the Starbucks up the street.

Dö Kham

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1783.9 KM AWAY
51 Prince Street
New York, NY
Looking for something different? Stop by this unique and colorful boutique chock-full of Tibetan finds. They offer jewelry, clothing and hats at every price, from the affordable to the pricey. We love the antique and enamel earrings, rings and pendants. But our favorite items are undoubtedly the awesome faux, and real, fur hats for children, women and men.

Lucca Deli

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1783.9 KM AWAY
2120 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA
Located in the Marina, this has been a neighborhood favorite for 80 years. Serving hot & cold specialties daily, the soup of the day is always a must. Not only can you order sandwiches online, but they'll hand-deliver their savory delicacies. The ambiance is old world with salami hanging from the ceiling and wheels of cheese aging in racks. Their homemade ravioli is so luscious it's been sold to the Fairmont Hotel. Clients crowd the counter for quality meats, cheese from around the world, and homemade pasta. The smell of Italian cuisine is like a magnet.

Urban Angel

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1 Forth Street
Edinburgh,
The tides have shifted, and you can taste it. When you're keeping your eyes peeled for locally-sourced, organic, free-range, or fair-trade products, look no further! The breakfasts here are bloody-fuck fantastic (they do a ridiculous, hangover-curing eggs benedict). We recommend the spiced organic lamb meatballs with fresh coriander mash (only £6.90 for cripes' sake). Cheap price, quality grub, and a minimalist décor with warm greetings all around!

Kalustyan's

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123 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Here you can find any rare ingredient you might need, whether it's caraway seeds, cinnamon extract, cardamom pods, chickpea flour, or coconut chutney. If you're of the persuasion, this is the market for you. If you don't recognize any of the above ingredients, it might be time to broaden your culinary horizons. Stop on in, blindfold yourself, and spin around. Whatever rack you fall into, buy a product off of it. You might just discover something new and wonderful.

Vinyl Villains Records

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1783.9 KM AWAY
5 Elm Row
Edinburgh,
This is a well-established indie record store dating back to the early 80's, when vinyl and cassettes ruled the roost. It's a testament to its clued-up owner that the shop is still going strong, boasts a regular clientele, and continues to stock quality records, like rare 7- and 12-inch vinyl, super cool band shirts, and rock memorabilia. Hard to walk past it and not pop in to browse or buy. Long-live the Villains!